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Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson

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What the debate about grizzly bears teaches us about politics

By: - January 11, 2022

This week, while watching an online panel about grizzly bears, I noticed something that encapsulates a larger issue in this country. Grizzly bears aren’t COVID vaccines or abortion, but in the Northern Rocky Mountains, they are a culture war issue. I’m a sociologist, and I study wildlife conflicts as a way to understand political conflicts in this country. […]

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Dial down the panic on Critical Race Theory

By: - August 23, 2021

If you are worried about critical race theory in schools, here is some advice from someone who actually teaches it. If you want your concerns to be heard, first of all, start by listening. What is your school actually teaching? It probably is not actually critical race theory. It almost certainly is not Marxism. Despite the red-baiting […]

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If you love our country, don’t ban its history

By: - June 13, 2021

Opponents of critical race theory don’t want us to ask what we can learn from the past. But that’s the whole point of studying history. Across the country, several states have passed or introduced bills that ban teaching “critical race theory.” Oklahoma’s governor just signed one. Arizona’s governor just vetoed one. Texas and North Carolina are moving ahead with similar bills. […]